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much more provincial premieres. in washington, i'm ray suarez. on "america tonight" an exclusive insiders look into medical care in arizona's prison system. shocking allegations of neglect by prison health workers that left inmates at risk. >> when i went back to his cell, i could smell blood before i went into the room. when i turned on the light, it murdered. more on the continuing focus on crime and punishment as adam
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may follows up on privatized health care behind prison wars also - against the law. hundreds protest the death of a californian strawberry picker at the hands of police. one down. >> it was recorded. >> two shootings by cops within days, outrages a migrant farming community, raising question about police power and the use of force. swept away. what the tide brings, the artist shapes, and the water's return to the sea. good evening, thank you for being with us, i'm joie chen. for six months "america tonight"
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vetted allegations of abuse and cover up in the treatment of arizona prison mates. cop victims are not -- convicts are not sympathetic, but the law protects them from inhumane treatment. health care turned to for-profit companies - it left prisoners vulnerable to dangerous and deadly treatments. our focus on crime and punishment in america led to this investigation by correspondent adam may. >> one of the happiest days of our lives. hopefully we'll never have to do this again. >> no more. i'm down. >> this wom scrp and her father -- woman and her father have been waiting for this day, a release from prison after conviction. >> we have someone waiting. >> that is her baby daughter, delivered while regan was serving time in prison. >> you're here. i
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thought it was just dad. . >> but the reunion with her daughter is not easy. >> hello. can you say hello. >> 11-month-old has been living with her grandparents since she was born and only met her mother a handful of time during brief prison visits. >> she doesn't want me. it will [ beeping ] me off. >> it shouldn't piss you off. >> it does, it hurts. >> regan is glad to say her healthy. after refusing medical care that was shockingly substandard. it was provided by a company contracted by the state. it was so bad she feared for her child's life. >> i wanted an ultrasound, because every time i would go in i would measure three weeks under. i wasn't gaping enough -- gaining enough weight.
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i said to them i don't think that the due date is right. >> regan had doubts about the due date, she said doctors sent her to hospital and performed a c section against her wishes. >> reporter: you think they induced a c section to get you out of the hospital. >> i am sure the prip - they -- it. >> that was the beginning, "america tonight" began to investigate the privatized medical care in arizona presents. at this time regan called from prison to tell us what happened after she gave birth. after you had the c section, what happened to you? >> . >> back up for a second, how big was the wound?
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>> rechan claims guards refused to let her see a doctor for two weeks. when she was finally admitted to the prison hospital, she said medical staff couldn't believe what they saw. >> they were shocked i was in the yard like that. they told me i could have died, got crazy infections. you. >> he put me on luvac. i was on that for four or five weeks. when it got small enough to where i didn't have to wear it any more, they decided to use sugar. kitchen sugar. >> what do you mean they used kitchen sugar? >> packets, like mcdonald's, pour itted in and put gauze over it. i had to do it for three weeks. >> the little pacts of
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mcdonald's sugar you get when you get a coffee. >> yes. section. >> yes. >> did they tell you why? >> one of the doctors learnt it from - i don't know. i don't know. basically a home remedy. sugar wounds before the advent of antibiotics in the early 1900s. it's no longer accepted medical practice. regan is not the only prisoner claiming she was mistreated. the aclu filed a class access lawsuit alleging prison health care put inmates at risk of pain, amputation, disfigurement and death. it elected care failed at unconstitutional levels after the state privatized prison health care and signed a contract with corizon, the largest prison provider in america. the company faced widespread
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allegations of wrong doing. in the last five years sued for malpractice 660 times, according to the miami herald. >> i feel betrayed by the company because they were supposed to keep the environment safe for all of us, the inmates and the co-worker. >> until now nor corizon employee speak publicly. teresa short was a patient care technician. she alleges corigon and arizona ofirm tried to cover a scabies outbreak in tuscon. >> i have one there, two here. it was bad. i was covered. sleep. >> short claims corison supervisors told her she needed to report to work. she thought it was unethical to treat patients while she was contagious. she lost her job.
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inside the prison walls, the prisoner that infected her still has scabies, and seven staff members contracted it. beginning. >> what were some of the first problems you noticed when you worked for corizon. >> we have a lot of dementia patients that take time in feeding. we'd have to stand there for hours trying to feed them, because of short staff. it was permitted. sometimes they'd skip a meal. >> did you get to every inmate you needed to get to? >> unfortunately, not. some would be incontinent. some dirty. >> sitting in their own faeces. >> did you see anyone die as a care? >> yes, we had one inmate. me had dimmen shia, he had a vascular cast.
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one night i kept close eyes on him because he missed with the vascular cap. i reported it. 5 o'clock in the morning when i wept back to the cell, i could smell blood before i wept into the room. when i turned on his light, it looked like someone had been murdered. there was blood all over the room, i screamed for help. basically what he had done is he had unplugged the vascular cap and bled out in a short amount of time. >> how could his life have been saved? where was the failure? >> supervision. he needed to be watched. >> you had told others that he needed supervision. >> yes. >> and what happened to those requests? >> i don't know. i don't know. >> to be clear, there's no scabies outbreak in tuscon. >> richard pratt is the director
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of health services for arizona's department of corrections after requests by "america tonight" he agreed to speak to us briefly outside his office. >> reporter: before it was privatized and after privatisation, what is the difference in staffing levels, care? >> staffing levels are the same. in fact, i tell you that corizon staffing levels have been coming up on a month by basis. the hours they were working with their existing staff exceeded the contract requirements. >> reporter: you are confident that corison is provides adequate good health care. >> i am. >> reporter: that is not true, according to a prison watch dock group. the american friends watchdog committee found health spending plummeted even though corison promised legislators they would
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provide services at a low cost. >> corison understands the importance of a careful balance resourcefulness. >> reporter: is the state saving money by privatizing health care in the prisons? case. >> reporter: are you paying more or less than you were when it was public. >> i'm not sure what the numbers were in public, it's probably a little more. as time moves on and costs move on, costs go up. it couldn't surprise me if it's more. it was not a decision by the department of corrections. mandated. >> did the legs late lature makes a sneak. >> i can't comment on that. it is what it is. we will deal with moving forward the level we can. >> some believe the governments are the only ones that should
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care for the people. >> reporter: "america tonight" went to the legislator that wrote the law, representative john cavanagh. we asked whether he thought corison's private prison health danger. >> people die in prison. i receive notes and allegations of crazy behaviour. you call the prison people up, they have an explanation for it. >> we talked about the care regan said she received. >> the doctor took sugar pacts from mcdonald's and pureed them into the -- poured them into the wound to make sure they'll heel. >> this doesn't sound like a true allegation. prisoners have 24/7 to think up allegations and write letters. i'm not some don't have a basis in fact. you have to take them in a grain of salt or a grain of sugar in
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this case. >> we shared your story with a state representatives who overseas the contracts for the private prison and he said you were probably making this up. >> well, i'm not. that's crazy. how do you come up with something like that. that's racy, sugar. >> reporter: back home, regan is trying to make up for lost time with her baby. her mother said regan may have made mistakes, but didn't justify the treatment she received in prison. >> she got her just punishment. but they are human beings, take care of them. >> corizon declined a request for an
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on-camera interview but issued a statement reading in part: the majority of law sites you are brought by inmates and dismissed or resolved priority trial. read the companies complete statement at the website coming up next - countdown to election day. more bloody clashes in ukraine as that country prepares to choose a new leader. also ahead - shootings in salenis. an angry community after another suspect dies. was it an excessive use of police force?
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only on al jazeera america the countdown is on, ukraine sees a fresh round of clashes ahead of the presidential election. it's had been two months since activists forced viktor yanukovych to flee, sparking a crisis that nearly plunged ukraine into still war. as they head to the polls, they must face the option of more violence. a clash at a checkpoint, a face-off levelling two dead. evidence of the deadly violence in the week ahead of the vote - another incident that raised doubt about whether the
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presidential election could or should go forward. amid so many efforts to block it. ukranian authorities set up polling places in the eastern region, at donetsk and lugansk. still al jazeera's dan allowize finds it casting a shadow. >> when you look at the economics, the country has been frozen for months. they want a president in place, to fire the existing parliament and hold new elections in september or october, and move towards an economic union with the yooeuropean union, trying to get the prices back. people are desperate to get the economy working, back to work, and trying to get prices back to normal. this is balanced against a harsh reality that many believe will not stop and continue to stir
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instability in eastern ukraine. >> there is question about what comes after the vote. pro-russian militias control parts of the east. president vladimir putin says moscow will honour the outcome of the election, it casts doubt on its legitimacy. observers note that russian forces that have been massing on the ukranian border have began to pull back. it is thick with 22 candidates. for the man nicknamed the chocolate king. the billionaire petro porashenko made his money on stweets. still, he has one favour with promises of economic reform and europe. >> i'm confident that what wr fighting for is peace, calm and safety. economic upterm, absence of corruption and felt
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international solidarity with ukraine allowing us not just to crimea. >> despite his history petro porashenko turned against putin, accusing him of being behind the unrest in you crime, even as the russian leader denied it. >> this is increasing the activity of the terrorist attack. supported by the russian side, supplying arms, drugs, soldiers for fortune. >> the run-up to the election brought the richest man firmly into the pro unity camp. we have seen both sides, urging workers to stand firm against pro-russian activists. >> translation: i want to tell everyone we will not stop. we will not be frightened. no one will frighten us, including those calling them a donetsk people's republic.
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>> a member of the ukrainian parliament joins us. we appreciate you joining us. how much change do you anticipate there'll be as a result of this election? >> if you ask about the election in general, i think the expectations are huge. enormous. i think the ukranians suspect that the president will do a lot of basic things. he'll help the country defend itself. he'll start strong economic reforms, which are needed for this country, and we'll be able to build institutions which this country needs. so the expectations are huge, and we expect peace will soon. >> what about the likelihood of the preps of the alley garks, the -- oligarchs, the interests government. >> by now all the ukrainians
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understand that a lot of basic problems that ukraine is facing now is because of these measures of corruption that this country has been famous for. so i think no matter who is going to be elected the new president. i think ukraine will expect this person to clearly separate business interests from state institutions. and i think we can talk about some differences between the candidates, but all of them, no matter who is going be elected, share the came same -- same views on the structure of ukraine. it's focus on human rights, democracy and law. >> what about relations with russia? vladimir putin says he will respect the results of the election. what do you accept the forward? >> we don't
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hear a lot of sincerity in what mr vladimir putin says. he says that he doesn't understand how ukraine can hold the elections. he says that he will probably like to cooperate with the new garment. i think the ruban plit -- russian political elite has to understand it's an independent country with the right to choose its future and president. russia has to withdraw its troops and special operation officers in the eastern part of ukraine and in the crimea. we expect that russia will under that it has to leave ukraine and terrorists. >> is there concern in your mind about the legitimacy of the location, for whatever reasons
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it happened, there are descriptions in the process. do you see there'll be a mapp ukraine? >> according to the international and ukranian observers, they say that this is the moment that looks like 5% of the polling stations in the east will not be able to open. i think it's, of course, it's bad. i hope that this will not go any higher. on the other hand, from the legal point of view, there is nothing which could question the legitimacy of the upcoming election. the existing constitution and election law says that each if this situation happens, and this 5% of polling stations in the two far eastern regions will not open, it's not going to undermine the results of the election. i think it's a good chaps for
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ukraine -- chance for ukraine to have a fair election, and i think ukrainians are eager to go to vote, and i hope we will start recovering soon after the presidential election. >> member of parliament in ukraine, thank you for being with us. >> when we return... anger rising in central california, a new case against officers accused of using too much force to bring a suspect under control. later in our programme - abused and exploited in america. how victims can be targeted for sexual slavery, even in some of the most sophisticated places in our country. >> eventually he said "if you want to be with me, there are things i need you to do", and going and working in a strip club is what he wanted me to
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with her keeping any interest. shocking numbers reflect life in motor city. one in three pregnancies in detroitened in abortion. three times higher than in michigan over all. the high rate blamed on poverty, contraception. >> the electric chair to be put in use if drugs cannot be obtained. tennessee is the first to put the back-up plan in place. angry demonstrations in a central community. it has been rocked by the shooting death of a migrant farm worker.
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details by sara hoy. >> shots fired. >> reporter: this is amateur detail of an officer-involved shooting, one that divided the central californian city. tuesday's shooting marks the third time that selinas police officers used deadly force since march. all the men were latino. residents took to the streets wednesday night, demanding brutality. >> the shooting was captured on video by a college student and went viral. more than 100,000 views in 24 hours after it was posted. the video has many in the community asking why officers fired on a man, armed with only gardens sures. >> compelling part of the video, in the upper part of the screen is where he's swinging them around, back and forth. >> i call it a murder.
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it's an asass nation. radio traffic released and illustrates how fast the matter escalated. after noon the call goes out to officers. the california police code forburglary. the police ties batcher labelled -- dispatcher labelled as drunk in public: . >> reporter: more than a minute passes before the next call goes out: >> reporter:. >> reporter: a little less than three minutes after the transmission sponding officers make -- responding officers make visual contact: .
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>> reporter: over the next 60 seconds officers confront the subject and taser him. >> reporter: over 30 seconds pass before the next transmission. a shots fired call. . >> reporter: a second shots fired call by officers is transmitted shortly after. . >> reporter:. >> reporter: me died on the streets. in the neighbourhood, an area no stranger to civil unrest and violence. the valley, the home town of author john stein back was ground zero for the caesar chavez-led workers strike of the
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'70s. more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty level, a third graduating from high school. with little or no hope gangs and gang shootings plague this area, where the trust between members of the working class community and press is fractured. >> there's no trust in the country with the local district attorney's office or the local judicial system. >> do i believe had this guy been a white guy, or these gentlemen white guise or african-americans would he have been treated differently - the officers are not dealing with anything report to the race of the individual, but the conduct and aggression. >> reporter: to ease tensions the top cop brought in the fbi and department of justice to conduct independence reviews of the shootings. following up on the
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tensions, alison gat line sims is a report are for the "celine us california", appreciate you being here. i understand this was going on, and there was press conferences, an opportunity to release what the officers saw. >> correct. >> can you tell us about that? >> this afternoon, the government officials gathered at celine us city hall to give us a closuring to the violence of the week, and an opportunity for them to express the desire for peace. unify. >> what about the police department themselves. the chief gave you an opportunity to see behind the scenes the video that they have. >> he did. yesterday during the press conference. there was a lot of news agencies involved. actual, it was close to the public. he showed us video surveillance
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footage that was not released. he slowed it down. zoomed in and checked out the smart-phone video that wept -- went viral. >> did this criticise the police department for the actions. >> i don't know who did. there was some that destroyed what the chief described. he described how the suspect stepped back to his left foot and began to draw up his heel on his right foot as if he was about to lunge towards officers. because it was a short-phone video and an inexperienced camera person the phone jerked away at the moment of the shooting so you don't quite see what he means unless you are looking really close, and i don't know that many are looking that close. >> the broader concern is there's a sense of tension between the law enforcement and local community.
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can you tell us about that? >> i can tell you that it's been a long time running, that the celine us police department and the people don't always see eye to eye. and the police department has done a lot of work in the community fostering better relations. there's the community alliance, two police officers dedicated to the neighbour hood, which is in a gang-ridden and spanish speaking area of the community. then, at the same time, because we are in such an agricultural area, the economy is driven by agriculture. many that live in the areas are spanish speaking, many are undocumented and they may not necessarily trust the police. >> the backlash to all of this, the event of the last few days is this latest incident, which did not involve a police shooting, but police coming to help someone that had been shot, who later died.
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protesters. >> that's right. there was a sil yen police officers as he attempted to perform cpr on the man that died, bystanders threw bottle sticks, rocks, anything they could get their hands on at the police officer, and he was struck in the head, taken to the hospital and in stable condition. i have ner seen anything like that. many i spoke with never saw bystanders react like that to the police. a shocking story. thank you for being here. >> thank you. earlier this week we reported that investigators can steams force a false -- sometimes force a false confession from someone that is incident. without a full recording of interrogations it is hard to tell who is telling the truth. >> in a mood to ensure the rights of a defendant is
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protected, the justice commission unveils a policy suspects. >> a new policy taking effect on july the is -- july 11th, after arrest and before appearance will be electronically recorded. the policy applies in a place of detention, and encourages video recording. and audio recording when video is unavailable. creating an electronic record ensures we have an objective account of havings of people held in federal custody, allowing us to document that detained individuals are afforded constitutionally protected rights. >> controversy is the focus of a new series - the system. next time on the programme, the story of the
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orval lee waller, in prison for firing a warning shot. no one was hit. the gun was legally owned. we explore extreme results in thest justice system by mandatory minimum sentences. the case began when waller felt the teenage daughter's boyfriend was threatening his family. >> reporter: in 2009, 53-year-old orvery well lee waller was convicted of assault with a firearm. he claims he fired a warning shot to scare away his teenage daughter's boyfriend who violence. >> i'm sentencing you to 20 years as enacted by the legislature:
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. >> reporter: refusing a plea deal, waller went to trial and was found guilty. upped the mandatory minimum law, he was sentenced to 20 years without parole. >> it's crazy. no matter what happens, if you fire a gun, 20 years, doesn't matter why. our current system has gone very far awry. . >> after a failed appeal, waller resigned himself to the 20 years behind bars. until a stranger sharon elmalay, a medical malpractice lawyer unexpectedly gave him hope. she is paying for waller's post conviction release. >> thanks to an article in the "new york times" i have a side occupation which is that i am dedicating my free time to the
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effort to get orvery well lee wall ard out of gaol. >> what specifically outraged you about this case? >> because lee felt there was no wrongdoing on his part. and because he was a person who acted on principal, and rejected a plea deal offered by the prosecutors. this ended up biting him in the butt. >> he seemed pretty confident going into the trial. what happened? >> right. well, it seems like everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. i mean, the level of preparation was just not there. >> according to elmolay, the original lawyer did not conduct in-person interviews with witnesses and failed to call witnesses that could have helped the case. >> the break that lee needs was a new trial.
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there's no doubt in my mind that were this case to be retried with a really gunk-hoe attorney, with a team of experts behind him or her, lee free. al jazeera presents "the system" - that's sunday, 9 become eastern. next time on "america tonight" - special programming - our indepth look at dirty power our correspondent brings an investigation into the highs and lows of an energy boom town. >> and america's invisible children. how florida's child protection unit fails its citizens. a system that warehouses kids even when they want to help. still to come tonight - modern day slavery and how women can become its victims, before our
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their voices out there, and al jazeera america is doing just that. it's a story that grew unexpectedly out of two big sporting events - the super bowl and the olympics, where investigators found evidence and victims of what is considered a modern slavery. correspondent lis ae bernard on how san francisco is addressing the challenge of freeing those that are trapped. >> this is a massage parlour that we visited lat night. >> san francisco police sergeant tony flor ez is looking for modern day slaves, people forced to work against their will. he made visits to the many massage parlours, with the hope that anyone who was a victim will be comfortable reaching out to him for help.
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>> are there some that are legitimate? >> yes, yes. >> hello. >> how are you. >> are you okay? >> okay. >> just checking. all right. >> just want to make sure everything is okay. >> yes, everything is okay. >> all right. were you guys sleeping? >> we were. >> you are waiting for customers. no customers. >> yes. >> reporter: there was nothing in in this day, but sergeant flor ez says some massage parlours serve as brothels. >> if you look to the side, you notice the pink and the mirrored room, and that's kind of a staging area that is where the girls kind of are paraded out. >> sergeant is not looking to arrest the workers, he wants to make sure they are here by their own choice, and wants to be sure they agree to the lifestyle as too many people feel they have no other options.
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>> they are doing it out of force or fear or because they were conned. >> human trafficking is the world's fastest going criminal enterprise, it's a $32 billion industry, and with the rise of the internet, it's even easier for sex traffickers to find and customers. >> since december 2006, more than 9500 cases of sex trafficking have been reported in the u.s. >> flor ez introduced us to one woman forced to work in strip clubs for nearly eight years by a man she believed was in love with her. kel call her carla, her exploiter is free. >> i was young and vulnerable. >> she was raised by an upper middle-class family. she came to san francisco working for $5 doing public service projects for the community. she met a charismatic,
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attractive man and they dated. >> i thought we were falling in love and he kind of said "well, if you, you know, want to be with me, there are some things i need you to do." and going and working in a strip club was what he wanted me to do. >> soon carla was earning $3,000 cash for an 8-hour shift stripping and handed to the man who made her dance. she is terrified of him. >> he used techniques such as sleep depravation. he had me feeling that he was watching me, i was paranoid. he was giving me rules and changing them. so i never knew when i was safe and wasn't. >> at one point he made her work 90 days in a row, double shifts. >> there was an incident he got angry with me for being tired,
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that he lost control and broke every piece of glass in my apartment and beat me. >> he was careful not to leave bruises or she wouldn't be able to do her work. >> i made a lot of money but didn't enjoy any of it. i mean, he - in his mind he believes it was his money. >> carla says he had other women under his control too. they september him letters that she kept and shared with us. this young woman rights: >> he told me almost every day he would kill me if i left him. that i was his property. >> she said she was able to get the strength to run away from the man controlling her after a man at the club let her get some sleep in ha closet instead of dancing during her shift.
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fight. >> he left and slammed the door thinking he would come back later and i would be there. i said i would do everything i -- i threw everything into a garbage bag, grabbed my laptop and left. >> i went through a lot of trauma tlerly. >> reporter: now 34 carla will berkel berkeley. as to the man that exploited her, she went to the police, but they were not able to ache man arrest. state. >> i think i'll look over my life. >> do you have a message for other young women? >> there are people that care about you, even though you might feel like you are ostracized by society. there is hope. >> in california, landmark law passed, for signs to be posted
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offering phone numbers and support for victims of slavery and human trafficking. >> as you put attention to it, laws need to be changed. there need to be more services for victims, more penalties, and stiffer penalties, and giving us more tools to fight the fight. >> if you want anything, need anything, you need to call me, i'll help you out. >> he wants to give the women the courage to get out if they want to, like carla did. >> i know i will never put an end to it. a billion dollar - multibillion dollar organization. we will not be able to stop this. but we will be able to change individuals' lives, and they have the power, and that is what i'm hoping, that we continue eye. >> it was a dark chapter in my life, and now it's over.
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the night's events, a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america finally on "america tonight". memorial day weekend marks the traditional start of beach season and engaging views of the shore. summer, of course, is fleeting, as are artist images as they fade
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quickly into the sea. >> i call myself an earth escape artist. i go into natural areas and i work with natural materials to create my work. what i do is bring rakes to the beach and work with the wet sand. it changes texture and colour, and that is what i'm using as my paint. when i come to a location i'm assessing it. i see what beach i have to work with. today i didn't have much beach. it was narrow. it's perfect. i have started with my first rake stroke to set the first line, and i needed to figure out how to do the next. i keep it even, and work with my partner to do that. >> i do a line down the middle and connect. you do a rake on either side. >> i was putting a message inside the artwork.
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this one has an aztec inspiration. i created an alphabet, did crack lines going through to make it feel like it was an old piece of rock carved and it was cracking. sand is very tactile. i feel it with the whole body. i can hear the sound of the rake going through the sand. it makes a nice sound. i love working with the beech. i have so much canvas and i risen to the ocean at my side. i get to walk bare foot in the sand, and release my concerns and my cares. and i love that. one of the benefits of working on the beach is that i can leave my mess and the next high tide washes it away. then when i come back the next day i have a fresh canvas.
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i draw my inspiration for the designs all around me. i'm looking at things with an eye towards how can this look on the beach, how can i translate this. when i see something cool, it could be an interesting fabric, clouds. i'm joined to japanese and chinese and other elements. i love pattern. i first started doing the artwork, i was doing geometric ones, they look like crop circles, and that was the only way to make large things and get it to look right. when i design it, i was being creative and putting things toot. there was a flow to that part of it. when i'm on the beach, i'm translating it, following steps and making it happen. doing it is fun. the nature of this has connected
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me deeply to the awareness that life is ephemeral. this will not last more than a few hours or minutes. in the bigger scope, anything i do will not last. a waive may come and wipe away half of it. it happened many times. i feel blessed with the life i live. i make a living doing what i love to do, where i want to do it, engaged with people that love what i do. >> grand visions in the sand. that's it for us here on "america tonight". remember, if you would like to comment on our stories, log on to our website --
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